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T-Mobile 2011 roadmap reveals HTC Doubleshot and G-Infinity, more

T-Mobile 2011 roadmap reveals HTC Doubleshot and G-Infinity, more

T-Mobile USA's 2011 roadmap has leaked, and it's a smorgasbord of tempting telephonics. The smartphone roster, acquired by This is my next, includes reconfirmation that the HTC Sensation 4G is due on June 8, while the much-rumored HTC "Doubleshot" is expected to arrive on July 6 as the T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide complete with HSPA+, a dual-core CPU, 3.7-inch display and slide-out QWERTY keyboard. That's just the start of it, however; head on beyond the cut for all the goodies.

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Bill Gates “strong proponent” for Skype deal; Microsoft bypassing carriers?

Bill Gates “strong proponent” for Skype deal; Microsoft bypassing carriers?

Microsoft's acquisition of Skype may have proved controversial thanks to the big sums involved - $8.5bn in cash, no less - but according to chairman Bill Gates it's not just "a great deal for Microsoft" but something he personally was pushing for. "I was a strong proponent at the board level for the deal being done" Gates told the BBC about what is Microsoft's largest ever acquisition, suggesting that it would "be fascinating to see how the brilliant ideas out of Microsoft research, coming together with Skype, what they can make of that." However, others suggest that rather than just having improved video conferencing in its sights, Microsoft is actually looking to do what, so far, Apple and Google have failed to achieve: undermine the carriers.

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HTC Puccini tablet detailed: Honeycomb, 1.5GHz dual-core and LTE?

HTC Puccini tablet detailed: Honeycomb, 1.5GHz dual-core and LTE?

Details on what could well be HTC's second Android tablet of 2011 have leaked, codenamed the HTC Puccini, and expected to be the company's first Android 3.0 Honeycomb slate complete with AT&T LTE 4G support. According to 911HTC's info, the Puccini will have a 1280 x 800 WXGA display - just like the XOOM and other Honeycomb slates we've seen - and run Qualcomm's Snapdragon MSM8660 1.5GHz dual-core processor.

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Kibot robot hands-on [Video]

Kibot robot hands-on [Video]

South Korea's big companies Samsung and LG may be battling it out on serious playing fields like 3D TV and who can make the skinniest smartphone, but everybody knows that the most excitement is in pastel-colored monkey robots. Kibot is carrier KT Telecom's attempt to condition children to the inevitable AI takeover, a trundling, warbling robot that uses NFC, two way video calling and WiFi to remotely monitor, entertain and generally play with them.

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Clearwire shutters Rover “youth” WiMAX brand

Clearwire shutters Rover “youth” WiMAX brand

Clearwire has confirmed that it is shuttering its Rover pre-pay brand, replacing it with its own no-contract plans. The company told FierceWireless that Rover was only ever "offered on a limited retail basis in a couple markets" and was seen as a way "to test some new pay-as-you-go pricing options." There's no word on whether the Rover Puck mobile hotspot will be made available as a CLEAR Spot.

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Motorola rehashes old tech with XPRT and Titanium phones

Motorola rehashes old tech with XPRT and Titanium phones

Motorola has revealed a pair of "new" Android smartphones, though to be fair they're more warmed up existing designs than anything else. The Motorola XPRT is a rebadged DROID Pro, with the same 3.1-inch HVGA touchscreen and QWERTY keyboard pairing, along with Android 2.2 and World Phone connectivity. Meanwhile the Motorola Titanium replaces the i1, a ruggedized iDEN smartphone with similar specs to the XPRT but, bizarrely, Android 2.1 Eclair.

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Vodafone Taxis offer payment by phone [Updated]

Vodafone Taxis offer payment by phone [Updated]

Cash-coy Vodafone UK users won't have to worry about paying for taxis any more, as long as they can spot one of the carrier's sponsored cars. A fleet of "hundreds" of Vodafone-branded cabs will take to London's streets from today, offering not only in-car chargers for rejuicing your phone, but the ability to pay for the fare on your handset, just as long as you're a Vodafone customer.

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